‘We’re not anti-lights!’: Mayor defends decision on Xmas lights competition

The Gold Coast Mayor’s been forced to defend a Council decision to scrap the Christmas Lights competition, earning him the label of ‘Grinch’ from disappointed locals.

The event had to be called off last year due to coronavirus, but there were high hopes from the community that it would return better than ever this year.

However, Mayor Tom Tate has told 1029 Hot Tomato’s Galey, Emily Jade and Christo says the decision is purely about the safety of our children.


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“For us to run a bus tour to go around – you need QR codes, because of Covid and all that.

“I’m just taking an abundance of caution in doing all that.

“We’re not anti-people putting up lights, if anything, please put it up, people will get around, it’s just that we can’t provide a free bus service,” the Mayor said.

That’s not to say that the bus tours couldn’t return sometime in the future, with the Mayor vowing to review the decision in a year’s time.

“I think so, we’ll do that.

“It’s about learning to live with Covid. It’s a bit of unknown here and there.

“It wasn’t a money issue, it’s really more of a health issue, and if some kids got Covid because they’re on a council bus, I’d feel terrible, wouldn’t you?” the Mayor said.

Take a listen to the full chat with Galey, Emily Jade & Christo on 1029 Hot Tomato this morning: